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25 April 2018
Ransom Riggs announces new book!

Jacob Portman and the peculiars are back in Ransom Rigg’s new book, A Map of Days. 

26 February 2018
Becoming, Michelle Obama, 13 November 2018

Becoming, the memoir by Michelle Obama, to be published worldwide on 13 November 2018.

10 October 2017
New from E L James

E L James’s Darker: Fifty Shades Darker As Told By Christian to be published 28 November 2017.

22 June 2017
New from John Green

Turtles All the Way Down will publish 10 October 2017.

6 June 2017
NZ Book Awards for Children & YA 2017 Winners Announced

A huge congratulations to the winners of the 2017 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults!

19 March 2017
New Novel from Richard Flanagan

First Person -- Richard Flanagan’s first novel since winning the Man Booker Prize in 2014 -- is to be published in Australia in October this year.

Extracts

On Chesil Beach

They were young, educated, and both virgins on this, their wedding night, and they lived in a time when a conversation about sexual difficulties was plainly impossible.

Star of the North

The sea was calm the day Soo-min disappeared.

The Grey Ghost

Late for work, Reginald Oren raced across the street, the cobblestones slick from the night’s rain.

Disobedience

And on the Shabbat, the priests would sing a song for the future that is to come, for that day which will be entirely Shabbat and for the repose of eternal life.

Mind That Child

Today’s ward round is an eventful one, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

Forever and a Day

‘So, 007 is dead.’

Articles

The Origins of Everything

David Christian explores our place in the continuum of the Universe.

Ruby Wax: Why I haven't made a New Year’s resolution

Comedian and mental health guru Ruby Wax recommends steering clear of life-altering new year's resolutions. Here's why...

The Magic Powers of Toys

Robert Dinsdale, author of The Toymakers, on the instinct of kindness and the power of toys.

7 things to know about the new James Bond book by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz returns with Forever and a Day, the explosive prequel to Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.
 

Six things you need to know about The President is Missing

President Bill Clinton and bestselling author James Patterson have teamed up to write the thriller of the year. It's all top secret, of course, but here's a quick peek behind the scenes...

Top Tips for Healthy Living

Inspirational blogger Makaia Carr shares her top tips for living your best life.

Recipes

Sticky Toffee Pudding

A rich and intense recipe for this classic British dessert from Nigella Lawson's At My Table.

Ginger and Walnut Carrot Cake

This ginger-spiked carrot cake from Nigella Lawson’s At My Table is perfect for teatime or dessert.

Veggie Soft Tacos

Veggie Soft Tacos from Family Favourites by Nadia Lim and Bargain Box.

Char-grilled Aubergine & Feta Rolls

These lovely aubergine rolls are from Rick Stein's The Road to Mexico.

Chocolate Orange Sherbet Slice

Chelsea's favourite sweet from her new book Eat. The silky richness of the chocolate fudgy part is balanced by the tart sherbet — a zing in every bite!

Victoria Sponge Cake

Delight friends and family with this Victoria sponge with strawberries and white chocolate cream from Ottolenghi’s Sweet.

Q&A

How to achieve a bright 2018

Anonymous author Hendrik Groen talks about the importance of bringing old age to people's attention, and how to achieve a bright 2018.
 

Q&A with Gregg Hurwitz

The bestselling author of Orphan X answers our quickfire questions.

Paula Hawkins Q&A

The Into the Water author on writing, remembering and day-to-day darkness.

Katherine Scholes Q&A

The bestselling author on her unyielding love affair with the African continent.

Morris Gleitzman Spills The Beans

Morris throws caution to the wind and answers all of your questions. . . 

Alice Campion Q&A

The Shifting Light author(s) on research, sequels and keeping plotlines on-track.

Activities

Mother's Day Giftwrap

Print your own Penguin gift wrap for your Mother's Day gift

The Unmourned Crossword

Settle down with a cup of eight down and test your skills. 

Where Should Your Next Adventure Be?

Take our World of Wanderlust-inspired quiz and find out.

Lolcatz Pub Quiz

Andrew Masterson’s Lolcatz, Santa, and Death by Dog facts exposed.

The Soldier’s Curse Crossword

Test your skills and meet Hugh Monsarrat.

Book Clubs

Women in Sunlight Book Club Notes

Tuscany’s sunshine is the setting for this novel brimming with friendship and reflection – perfect for your next book club meeting.

The Shepherd’s Hut Book Club Notes

Explore Tim Winton’s themes of lost boys and toxic masculinity with your book club.

SHORT STORY CLUB – 14 JUNE 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 14 June 2018

SHORT STORY CLUB – 17 MAY 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 17 May 2018

SHORT STORY CLUB – 31 MAY 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 31 May 2018

SHORT STORY CLUB – 5 APRIL 2018

Read the story being discussed on Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand on 5 April 2018

Bonus

Colonial Tiny House - Manawatu

Many people know the Manawatu– Wanganui region only as a flat, green slice of provincial quietness that you drive through on the way from Wellington to the Central Plateau.

A Note from Monica

Start reading an exclusive animated extract of The Trip of a Lifetime.

Start a Book Club

Eight simple tips for getting your reading group up and running.

Enter the Red Wake

Join Kurt Johnson on his travels through the former Eastern Bloc.

Free Jack Reacher Short Story

An exclusive Lee Child short story to celebrate the release of No Middle Name.

Free Fiona McIntosh eBook

Download McIntosh’s story behind her novel, The Perfumer’s Secret.